The White House denied Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to fire the country’s top infections disease expert after the president implied he wanted to do so. 

“This media chatter is ridiculous – President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement, referring to Anthony Fauci. “It was Democrats and the media who ignored Coronavirus.”

The statement follows Trump retweeting of a former congressional candidate who called for Fauci to be removed, accusing the medical professional of shifting positions on the danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“Fauci is

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